Bernie Lubbers, from his website

Talk about great jobs… Bernie Lubbers wrote the book “Bourbon Whiskey – Our Native Spirit” and is also the Ambassador for American Whisky for Heaven Hill Distillery. He’s known as “the Whiskey Professor.”

Before you start Googling Ph.D. programs in Whiskey Science, I’m pretty sure that it’s an honorary title.

Shame, that.

Lubbers will be featured as the special guest speaker at Varanese Restaurant’s “Evolution of Bourbon Dinner” on Thu., Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. The evening will feature a four-course dinner with Heaven Hill bourbon pairings for $49 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

The menu, prepared by Owner and Chef John Varanese, for the evening is as follows:


Reception Cocktail – Mellow Corn Sazarac

First Course

Flight: Mellow Corn Whiskey – JW Dant – Fighting Cock – Larceny

Slow Braised Berkshire Pork Belly and Gulf Shrimp with Roasted Corn Butter Sauce, Hominy and Snow Pea Tendrils

Second Course

Warm Heirloom Beet and Frisée Salad tossed in Orange and Hazelnut Vinaigrette with Toasted Crostini and Goat Cheese Ice Cream

Third Course

Larceny Smoked Cherry Manhattan

Crispy Duck and Chicken Dodine served with Potato Puree and Rapini finished with a Cherry-Vanilla Duck Glaze

Fourth Course

Manhattan Soaked Vanilla Cake with Crème Anglaise, Smoked Bananas and Bourbon Marinated Maraschino Cherries

About Varanese Restaurant: 

Varanese Restaurant is located at 2106 Frankfort Avenue in the historic Clifton neighborhood and features an eclectic menu of New American Cuisine using local organic products, prepared by Owner/Chef John Varanese. The restaurant can comfortably seat 150 guests between its bar, dining room and four seasons patio, and it was recently renovated to include a dining area for private events. Open 7 days a week – Sunday through Thursday from 5:00pm to 11:00pm, and Friday and Saturday 5:00pm to midnight. For more information or to make reservations, please call (502) 899-9904 or log on to Find us on


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